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View Poll Results: Where will the WEC US round 2017 be held?
Circuit of the Americas (early September? with PCW?) 17 36.96%
Indy - plenty of history and, more importantly, plenty of run off 6 13.04%
Montreal - close enough to the US border and would serve US N-E audience very well 8 17.39%
Road America - the only right choice but lots of 'upgrading' to do to please the FIA blue blazers 7 15.22%
no US (or Canadian) round at all - the WEC doesn't need a race there anyway... 6 13.04%
somewhere else in North or South America (Brazil???) 2 4.35%
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Old 19 Jan 2017, 23:11 (Ref:3703659)   #166
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Feeling a touch hard done by - this is a year when it looks likely I can do most of the European WEC season and despite my preternatural optimism the grid at the sharp end looks a little bare.

I'm sure we'll all make the best of it, and I'm more than usually aware that sportscar racing is cyclical, but wish I felt as excited as I did back in say 2009 when thinking about what the lineup might look like.
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 02:06 (Ref:3703678)   #167
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Feeling a touch hard done by - this is a year when it looks likely I can do most of the European WEC season and despite my preternatural optimism the grid at the sharp end looks a little bare.

I'm sure we'll all make the best of it, and I'm more than usually aware that sportscar racing is cyclical, but wish I felt as excited as I did back in say 2009 when thinking about what the lineup might look like.
If the WEC can get the whole BoP issue with GTE settled then I think 2017 will be a much better season than 2016 overall.
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 09:31 (Ref:3703732)   #168
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i agree the lmp1 class looks a little bare and unexciting but the lmp2 field will be much more difficult to predict and the gt classes will be varied and interesting
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 12:47 (Ref:3703799)   #169
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I think that it might be a down year before a much bigger 2018. But still I feel like the entry list isn't completely finalized.
Totally agree with what you say.

Have Porsche and Toyota agreed to field 3 cars each or is this a stretch too far?
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 13:04 (Ref:3703807)   #170
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I think that it might be a down year before a much bigger 2018. But still I feel like the entry list isn't completely finalized.
This series keeps having down years so they better hurry up with that big rebound.
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 13:39 (Ref:3703816)   #171
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We must've been watching different series. I'm not sure how 2016, and especially 2015 can be described as down years.
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 14:01 (Ref:3703823)   #172
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i agree the lmp1 class looks a little bare and unexciting but the lmp2 field will be much more difficult to predict and the gt classes will be varied and interesting
I think the GT field will be exciting too. Can't wait to see if the Porsches can mix it up with Ford and Ferrari (not to mention Aston).
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 14:49 (Ref:3703839)   #173
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I think that it might be a down year before a much bigger 2018. But still I feel like the entry list isn't completely finalized.
I feel like the pro classes are locked down and we are only going to have 13 all pro lineups in the field
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 16:50 (Ref:3703866)   #174
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I feel like the pro classes are locked down and we are only going to have 13 all pro lineups in the field
Anybody know the prospects of a 3rd Toyota car for Silverstone, Spa, and Le Mans?
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 20:53 (Ref:3703919)   #175
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This series keeps having down years so they better hurry up with that big rebound.
What? It's been getting better ever since 2012 when it was reborn. They started out with only Audi running 2 or 3 cars and Toyota one car in a little more than half the races to 3 manufacturer lmp1's. It's only a down year this year because Audi dropped out. But your statement seems contrary to the facts, at least on entries.
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Old 21 Jan 2017, 00:41 (Ref:3703955)   #176
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2017 is bound to be a down year because LMP1 is too expensive unless you're a factory team--and I'm not seeing any car makers wanting to fill the breach that Audi Sport left. Not to mention that the ACO jacked up the entry fees for GTE-Pro so they can have a World Championship title of their own.
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Old 21 Jan 2017, 03:34 (Ref:3703996)   #177
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2017 is bound to be a down year because LMP1 is too expensive unless you're a factory team--and I'm not seeing any car makers wanting to fill the breach that Audi Sport left. Not to mention that the ACO jacked up the entry fees for GTE-Pro so they can have a World Championship title of their own.
We already know that 2018 is the year of the privateer overhaul. This was also known by the teams interested. Ginetta I think was the one who said their plans for 2018 were taking shape before Audi left. In GTE-PRO, the factory teams can afford to pay for their world championship status. And that's all there is in the class anyway.
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Old 21 Jan 2017, 05:11 (Ref:3704000)   #178
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I'll believe it when I see it with the private teams. It was basically Rebellion and Kolles left by 2013/2014, and they've had three-four years for anyone else to show up. And I think that Rebellion defecting back to LMP2 shows what private teams--and also IMO the ACO--think of private teams in LMP1. And whatever the ACO have up their sleeves, it might be just like LMP1 factory: too little, too late, at least for the short term.
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Old 21 Jan 2017, 08:48 (Ref:3704014)   #179
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Yeah Rebellion were looking for actual competition. It's no wonder they went to lmp2. I think Manor in particular is the team that will be there and it seems like ByKolles has no plans to stop.
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Old 21 Jan 2017, 10:10 (Ref:3704029)   #180
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It's been a house of cards from the beginning IMO.
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